Cigarette displays to be banned in South Australia

RETAILERS in South Australia will be banned from displaying tobacco products from January, 2012.

It is part of a plan by the State Government to increase its anti-smoking campaign from $420,000 a year to $950,000 between July and December.

Health Minister John Hill said today's World No Tobacco Day was a fitting moment for the state to take action to prevent the ill-health, disease and death caused by smoking.

"Around 23 people die every week in SA as a direct result of smoking and there is greater awareness now of the dangers of second-hand smoke too," he said.
"By removing tobacco displays from shops, we're reducing the exposure of young people and smokers who are trying to quit.
"We're determined to do all we can both to help people quit and to prevent today's children from becoming tomorrow's smokers."

Also from today, all of SA's hospitals and health facilities and buildings are smoke-free.

"Smoking inside hospitals and health facilities has been banned for some time, but until today, smokers could use the grounds outside," Mr Hill said.

"All patients who smoke are offered nicotine replacement therapy such as patches to help them while they're in hospital but we're extending that now to staff too, at just the basic cost price."

The Cancer Council and the Heart Foundation have welcomed the extended ban on tobacco product advertising and displays.

Cancer Council chief executive Brenda Wilson also said the boost for anti-smoking campaigns in the second half of the year was pleasing.